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These Were Newcastle’s Best Five Players On Saturday

9:30 am, Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Tim Krul has come right back into top form under Steve McClaren, after having a poor time of it under interim coach John Carver last season, and Tim again made a number of top class saves on Saturday against Arsenal, just as he had at Old Trafford.

And Chancel Mbemba was back at center-back, with Steven Taylor being unlucky not to keep his place, but Chancel put in another good game of positional play and strong tacking as the Newcastle defense again looked strong and resilient.

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Tim Krul saves from Theo Walcott on Saturday

Both players were included in the Premier League Team of the Day for Saturday, when eight of the ten league matches were played.

Tim Krul has been at Newcastle now for ten years now and while he has been a little frustrated over the last two years – there is no way this man wants to leave Newcastle, and he’s looked what he is this season – a top goalkeeper.

He was our Man of the Match on Saturday with 37% of the vote followed by 21 year-old Chancel who picked up 17% of the vote.

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Chancel Mbemba tackles Francis Coquelin on Saturday

Chancel Mbemba cost us around £8.5M, and he  could turn out to be our best buy of the summer, and not only is he a very good player but his attitude is and temperament are also first class.

In his interview immediately after the game he came across as so positive about Newcastle and the way we played, and he said every player was proud to wear the Newcastle shirt.

Gini Wijnaldum was third in the voting with 10%, and he is coming into his own, and played another strong game for us in central midfield, where he looks strong, and of course is a class player with good leadership skills.

Fabricio Coloccini has played two excellent games against the Red Devils and the Gunners, and the pleasing thing is his experience alongside the still learning Mbemba.

The two look like they can become a top combination in central defense for Newcastle, where we look much stronger than we did last season.

The coaching staff have to take a lot of credit for that, as we are becoming a side who will become hard to score against and therefore hard to beat as the season goes on.

We hope that’s the case.


Florian Thauvin was fifth in the voting with 7%, and the 22 year-old Frenchman worked hard and offered some real skill up front, but with Mitrovic sent off early in the game, we couldn’t see that combination of a pinpoint Thauvin cross met by the head of the 20 year-old striker.

Florian has made a very decent start to his Newcastle career, with three good games for Newcastle since he signed for us from Marseille, and he’s already looking like a good buy.

Newcastle only have 2 points from the first four games against top eight opposition, and we’ll have to try to win at West Ham and at home to Watford in the next two games, to start to move up the league table.

We will not have too many players away on International duty over the next couple of weeks, so it’s a good time for McClaren and the coaching staff to get some work in on the training field, before we play at West Ham in two weeks time in the Monday night game.

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  • 1 toonbrother // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    @ SUTTY1978
    You’ve singlehandedly restored my faith in my fellow NUFC fans with that post.
    God bless you!
    Notice we were actually more solid defensively when we went down to 10 men than we were with 11.
    Because we sat deep and did not leave any room for colo to be exposed
    Same thing happened at old trafford: We played so deep his pathetic lack of pace, lack of aerial ability and clumsy tackling, and his dreadfulness in one-v-ones were never really tested

    The problem is this
    We cannot play this way every week
    We cannot park the bus against every opponent
    And the minute we open up we WILL concede with colocinni on the pitch. This is what happened v Southampton and Swansea
    It will continue to happen.

    This is why I say it will be extremely difficult to win a single game this season as long as he plays
    Our bottom of the league status IS NO ABERRATION
    This is a true reflection of where we are relative to other teams right now

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Didn’t see MOD but the Chron are reporting that Keown imploring Arsenal’s players to swarm around the referee to get decisions their way.

    Some one can correct me but I thought there was a rule bookable offence for players (only the captian and offender/offended to speak to the referee) to swarm round the ref to get decisions then most of the Arsenal team should of been booked

  • 3 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Just watched motd2 and notice they managed to miss shaws challenge on ayew that was nice of them.

  • 4 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:41 AM


    He talked about arsenal players going up to the player who fouls them and have a go at them to stick up for their teammates.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    110 people….

  • 6 martoon // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Charlie the MOTD coverage was a complete joke. It was so biassed towards Arsenal and no mention of all the dubious yellow cards.

  • 7 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Sanchez gave out more cards than the ref on should should get booked for that, as soon as gini protested a foul that should get a booking he got booked.

  • 8 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:52 AM



  • 9 Bobbybee // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    East end, the reason they didn’t rush to their injured teammates defence was because they knew they hadn’t been hurt and rolling around screaming was part of their game plan. It’s sickening to watch, but refs have it in their power to stop it. Like Jannuzaj last week, blatantly diving and demanding the free kick. Ref’s have the means to prevent it by booking cheats. Letting them off allows them to repeat it, hoping next time to con the ref into giving a foul. There needs to be zero tolerance when it comes to cheating and it would be wiped out very quickly. I don’t go to games to see who the best diver or actor is, I go to watch the best footballers.

  • 10 Jib // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    In collision sports (eg, boxing, ice hockey, [American] football, lacrosse, and rodeo), athletes purposely hit or collide with each other or with inanimate objects (including the ground) with great force. In contact sports (eg, basketball and soccer), athletes routinely make contact with each other or inanimate objects but usually with less force than in collision sports. In limited-contact sports (eg, softball and squash), contact with other athletes or with inanimate objects is infrequent or inadvertent.

  • 11 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    I know mate and keown knows that as well he was so biased its unreal, there is meant to be a new rule for divers who don’t get punished during the game that they can get a ban from the fa after watching video evidence but that wont happen to the top teams.

  • 12 Jib // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    You don’t mind if I use this wondrous piece of thinking again do you ?

    “Notice we were actually more solid defensively when we went down to 10 men than we were with 11.
    Because we sat deep and did not leave any room for colo to be exposed”

    Have you got your coaching badges ?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 13 smoke beer, drink tabs // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Toon brother

    I have read a few of your recent posts and it seems you have a tunnel vision view of our club captain. Alright he has been poor last season, but a new manager has came in, who everyone Says is doing a good job and who has obviously seen Collocini as prob the first name on the team sheet. So show some faith in our manager and club captain stop slating him at the earliest opportunity. I personally think colo and mbemba have looked a decent partnership.

  • 14 toon22 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    MOTD aint going to show the farce for what it is,they arnt going to show the world how the league uses the refs to control who does well in there pantomime.

    Maybe we should adopt the Arsenal ploy or screaming and rolling around on every contact with another player and see how long it would take to get a yellow card for simulation.

    Its a farce.

  • 15 geordiemark // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I really do think Keown needs to put a hand over his mouth, he wasn’t the best defender by any stretch of the imagination, I remember some of the nasty tackles he done shut it keown 🙂 I remember arsenal when they used to kick players off the pitch well done the toon nice to see a bit of getting stuck into it

  • 16 toon22 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Thats the point we didnt actually get stuck into them.

  • 17 Bobbybee // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    East end, you’re spot on there. It’s like FFP only applies to the smaller clubs. ManU are run on massive debt and always have been, but it doesn’t stop them buying players. City and Chelsea, Madrid, Barca, PSG etc all spend above their means, but any punishment is risible. As somebody pointed out, Shaw’s stamp wasn’t even shown on motd, but how many times has Mitrovic’s been played and exaggerated? There’s a massive bias and it stinks.

  • 18 one fine day // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Bit confused lads,
    If Olivier Kemen. Is so wanted by Lyon , Tottenham and ac Milan then why isn’t he being given a chance in our midfield ?
    Clealy the Anita colback combo is hardly pulling up trees so far so why not give him a chance from the bench instead of tiote who has been less than ordinary .
    If he is that good and we can’t find him a spot then get him out on loan to spurs and let them pay his wages and give him some premier experience nothing to loose .
    And selling a player like him for less than a million ???
    Either there is something we arn’t being told about or we value willo higher than the current French u23 captain .
    Anyone remember the screamer he banged in at the end of last season for the kids

  • 19 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    I said that yesterday when i seen shaws tackle its a joke because all sat and sun morning all they talked about was mitros “stamp” then a challenge like shaws goes unnoticed even smith said im sure he didnt mean to do that what a joke bet he was going mad 24 hours earlier for a lesser challenge.

  • 20 geordiemark // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    like many of people on here, I used to play football, I used to play centre half, you take the rough with the smooth that’s the way its played, well that’s the way it used to be played but now all the players these days look at themselves to much meaning god is my hair out of place, do I look good ect ect, to me all these players these days look like a bunch of tarts and the refs are no different either, yes I know FIFA, UEFA and the FA have softened the game up no end, when I played if the players give me respect then I would give them respect but if they thought they could just kick lumps out of me and get away with it then they got a hell of a big shock just ask the strikers I used to mark, they have made football a mans game into a soft touch and now there paying for it

  • 21 WWSBRD // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Voted for Mitrovic as MOTM MATE

  • 22 Blofal // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    I’m very happy so far this season. McClaren seems to have improved our defence ten fold. Coloccini and Mbemba have looked very solid at the back. Especially considering 2 out of 4 games so far we have played the majority with 10 men.

    We are yet to see how good we are going forward because of this. We were never going to attack Man U. Southampton was the first game of the season with our CB pairing playing their first game together. Swansea was a write-off once Janmaat got sent off. And Arsenal was a write off once Mitrovic got sent off.

    The showing against Northampton was promising however. Under Pardew we were limping over the line against league 1 & 2 opposition. The next 2 games against West Ham and Watford will be a good indicator of where we are at.

  • 23 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:14 AM


    115 now

  • 24 WWSBRD // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Wow am a bit aggressive with the mate there

  • 25 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Haha i didnt take it as you shouting just don’t forget to take caos of next time MATE

  • 26 posada // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Toonbrothers assessment of Collo and how we play is spot on I’m afraid.
    John terry is equally slow, but he seems to be protected by those round him.
    Not sure why we are not able to do likewise.

  • 27 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Caps off* bloody iphone

  • 28 smoke beer, drink tabs // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Collocini was man of the match against man utd at old Trafford!!!! I suppose he was sh1te there aswell eh?

  • 29 Sav // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    We just could not get the ball off Arsenal or Swansea or even off a poor ManU side.
    Trapping, passing and moving are what Macca needs to be schooling this week. Talk of coloured cards is neither here nor there when we could muster only 1 corner and not one shot on target over 90 minutes and the previous 2 matches were not much better.
    Maybe a rethink in playing Colback and Anita is required because neither offers anything going forward. We missed a trick in failing to re-sign Cabaye,
    Mitrovic may be one to watch for the future. But if his one advantage over a fit and clinical Cisse is his hold up play, he failed miserably. So far he is getting a lot of slack for his one hearder against the bar. If we lose Cisse because of favouring the untested Serb, we will be in trouble. Cisse is our no,9. He scores regularly when given the chance. The centre-forward position should be one Mitro earns.

  • 30 smoke beer, drink tabs // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:40 AM


    Teams play 4231 formations and don’t want their 2 holding midfielders to get forward. They are there to hold the team together, allow full backs to get forward and let the attacking players get forward.

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